Printer Conundrums
Night To Dawn
by Barbara Custer
4M ago
I need a balloon. A giant, pink Mylar butterfly balloon. You see, I bought a new printer two weeks ago. The other one quit functioning; printers have a way of doing that. This one almost went back to the shop three times. The first time, the printer wouldn’t print because of an “offline” message. Ditto for the second time. Both times necessitated spending time troubleshooting with the HP print and scan doctor. This last time, I got an “error” message. That’s all it said. Error. Returning to the store wasn’t an option because we’re getting back-to-back snowstorms this week. Aside from the haza ..read more
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Here There Be Ghosts
Night To Dawn
by Barbara Custer
7M ago
Halloween’s coming, and I’d like to share something that makes my skin crawl. Aside from skeletons, ghosts on the walls give me the creeps. Dat’s wight, wabbits, here there be ghosts. At least, that’s my thought when I get a gander at the moonlit shadows waltzing on the walls. Take a good looksee at the photo above and tell me this doesn’t remind you of ghosts. Some specters are beneficent and will watch over you or give you good advice. They might communicate through a medium. Mylar balloons are excellent mediums for spirits to speak, and I often get advice about my diet. Because of early-st ..read more
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Editing Software Wars
Night To Dawn
by Barbara Custer
2y ago
A lot of editing software has come out to help us writers improve our writing. The two top-rated ones are Grammarly and ProWritingAid. Dat’s wight, wabbits; I’m talking about editing software, not balloons, though a few Mylar balloons have followed me home from the store. ProWritingAid has tempted me with a great deal on their premium membership, and so I got one. You must wonder why when I’ve been extolling the virtues of Grammarly. In several blogs, I’ve read that it’s best to use a combination of Grammarly and ProWritingAid. ProWritingAid looks for overused words, cliches, echoes, repeated ..read more
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Chasing Mylar Balloons
Night To Dawn
by Barbara Custer
2y ago
I’ve spent the past week chasing Mylar balloons, or more to the point, the balloons have been chasing me. The balloon brigade started Friday when I headed to the dollar store to get some balloons for the senior center where I volunteer. Plenty called to me—a heart and three stars. It brought a lot of smiles from the members there. Sunday brought my weekly visit to the CVS. I needed some items there and had Extra Bucks, and the balloons there swarmed me. Mylar pumpkins, spider’s web, Mylar leaves, and more. I had in mind to get some Halloween candy, but by gosh, I plumb forgot. Nothing like a ..read more
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The I Gotta Syndrome versus Developmental Edit
Night To Dawn
by Barbara Custer
2y ago
With my WIP, I’m processing the edits and recommendations made by Kathryn Craft, who did the developmental edit on my sequel to When Blood Reigns. In short, she recommended replotting. I’m looking at ways I can work her suggestions into what I have. The evaluations and recommendations were extensive, but I’m trying to follow through because I’ve got the I Gotta Syndrome. In 2020, shortly before the pandemic hit, I signed up for Kathryn’s Craft’s Your Novel Year writing class. I’d been working on the book before I took her class and started with Alexis being the lead character in the first two ..read more
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Pumpkin Season
Night To Dawn
by Barbara Custer
2y ago
Pumpkin season is upon us again with Starbucks and other shops selling pumpkin-flavored drinks, pumpkin cupcakes, and in one case, I saw masks with a pumpkin aroma for sale. At the store, I sighted pumpkin-flavored beer for sale. I scored a pumpkin balloon over at CVS and suspect there will be more to come. However, I started the pumpkin season officially with pumpkin perfume and the cookies in the photo. I baked the cookies a couple of weeks ago, and they have the consistency of cake. They are delicious. So you know, I’m allergic to floral-scented perfumes, but fruit scents are okay. And the ..read more
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Do Movies Generate Ideas?
Night To Dawn
by Barbara Custer
2y ago
For me, the answer is yes. If you want ideas for another story, watch some movies, said my Mylar balloons. Movies used to get your muse talking. While you’re at it, how about working on some blogs. The dialogue with my balloons began because I’m in the gray area of waiting for an edit. I finally sent my WIP to Kathryn Craft for a developmental edit. I haven’t blogged in several months because I was busy working on my novel. When I took her course, Your Novel Year, in 2020, I got going full steam with my WIP. I assure you from experience that once you’ve taken this course, you’ll look at writin ..read more
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Chasing Mylar Balloons
Night To Dawn
by Barbara Custer
2y ago
I’ve spent the past week chasing Mylar balloons, or more to the point, the balloons have been chasing me. The balloon brigade started Friday when I headed to the dollar store to get some balloons for the senior center where I volunteer. Plenty called to me—a heart and three stars. It brought a lot of smiles from the members there. Sunday brought my weekly visit to the CVS. I needed some items there and had Extra Bucks, and the balloons there swarmed me. Mylar pumpkins, spider’s web, Mylar leaves, and more. I had in mind to get some Halloween candy, but by gosh, I plumb forgot. Nothing like a ..read more
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The I Gotta Syndrome versus Developmental Edit
Night To Dawn
by Barbara Custer
2y ago
With my WIP, I’m processing the edits and recommendations made by Kathryn Craft, who did the developmental edit on my sequel to When Blood Reigns. In short, she recommended replotting. I’m looking at ways I can work her suggestions into what I have. The evaluations and recommendations were extensive, but I’m trying to follow through because I’ve got the I Gotta Syndrome. In 2020, shortly before the pandemic hit, I signed up for Kathryn’s Craft’s Your Novel Year writing class. I’d been working on the book before I took her class and started with Alexis being the lead character in the first two ..read more
Visit website
Pumpkin Season
Night To Dawn
by Barbara Custer
2y ago
Pumpkin season is upon us again with Starbucks and other shops selling pumpkin-flavored drinks, pumpkin cupcakes, and in one case, I saw masks with a pumpkin aroma for sale. At the store, I sighted pumpkin-flavored beer for sale. I scored a pumpkin balloon over at CVS and suspect there will be more to come. However, I started the pumpkin season officially with pumpkin perfume and the cookies in the photo. I baked the cookies a couple of weeks ago, and they have the consistency of cake. They are delicious. So you know, I’m allergic to floral-scented perfumes, but fruit scents are okay. And the ..read more
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